Professional golfer Jerry Kelly is in his fifth season as a volunteer assistant coach to the men's golf team. Kelly, a Madison native, has represented the United States at the Presidents Cup and joined the PGA Tour in 1996.
In 2009, Kelly won the Zurich Classic in New Orleans and ranked 19th in scoring average, 22nd in the Fed Ex Cup standings and 23rd in money leaders.
Kelly had two previous career victories on the PGA Tour, both coming in 2002. That year he finished sixth in earnings. Kelly posted a career-best 10 top-10 finishes in 2003, helping him land a spot on the 2003 U.S. Presidents Cup team.
Kelly's first PGA victory came at the 2002 Sony Open in his 200th career start. He nearly won his first PGA tournament at the Greater Milwaukee Open in his rookie season. Kelly forced a playoff and finished second at the event, his best finish until 2001.
After turning pro in 1989, Kelly played on the Nationwide Tour until 1995. In his final season on the tour, Kelly led all players in earnings while posting 15 top-10 finishes. That consistency, along with two tournament victories, led Kelly to be named the 1995 Nationwide Tour Player of the Year. His earnings total that season also set a record for the Nationwide Tour. In all, Kelly recorded 26 top-10 finishes on the Nationwide Tour.
Prior to turning pro in 1989, Kelly attended the University of Hartford. Kelly initially went to Hartford to play both hockey and golf, but when the school dropped its hockey program before he arrived, Kelly instead focused on golf. An all-city hockey selection while playing at Madison East High School, Kelly remains an avid hockey fan.
Kelly's wife, Carol, is Wisconsin head men's golf coach Jim Schuman's sister. Jerry and Carol reside in Madison with their son, Cooper.